Category Archives: MS Learning Opportunities

2022-23 WMS EY Learning Opportunities

Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year!  EY at the middle school looks a little different than elementary.

You will not be pulled out of class regularly like you were in elementary.  Instead, there will be various contests/learning opportunities offered throughout the year.

In addition, your WMS teachers work extremely hard to offer voice and choice in their individual classrooms and provide many opportunities for your to challenge yourself.  Make sure to take advantage of those opportunities and continually seek out ways to take ownership of your learning.

The list below is not all-inclusive, but gives you a starting point for some of the opportunities available this year.  Be sure to fill out the Google Form so Dr. Spady can contact you when these opportunities become available.

Battle of the Books: This contest is a mix of comprehension book knowledge along with project based activities specific to the books. Students are not required to read all ten books, but instead the reading can be spread out amongst the team members.  Check out the list of books here: https://ey.westside66.org/2022-23-wms-battle-of-the-books/

United States Academic Pentathlon (USAD): Academic Pentathlon tests students in five different subject areas (math, literature, fine arts, science, and social sciences).  Students can choose to compete in 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 subject areas. There will be review sessions prior to the competition and the regional competition will take place in February.

Quiz Bowl: Quiz Bowl will meet on a weekly basis after school on Mondays from 3:20-4:00.  Additional after school times and Warrior Time may be added.  Quiz Bowl members will have an opportunity to participate in various Quiz Bowl competitions throughout the year.

Cribbage and Chess Club (CCC): CCC will meet on a weekly basis after school on Tuesdays from 3:20-4:00.

MATHCOUNTS: MATHCOUNTS provides engaging math opportunities to students of all ability levels in order to build confidence and improve attitudes about math and problem solving.  The WMS MATHCOUNTS Team will meet on a weekly basis after school on Tuesdays from 3:20-4:00.  We may also occasionally meet during Warrior Time.

Writing Contests:  Various writing contests pop up throughout the year and there are usually prizes involved.  If you’re a writer and would like to be notified when a contest starts, mark it on the Google Form.

Spelling Bee:  All WMS 7th and 8th graders will take a qualifying spelling test in their LA class sometime between Oct. 10-21.  Approximately 50 WMS students will be invited to participate in the WMS Spelling Bee which will be Friday, Nov. 18.  This will be an online test provided through Scripps.  The top 2 WMS students will be invited to participate in the District Spelling on December 16.

Geography Bee: All WMS 7th and 8th graders will take a qualifying geography test in their Social Studies/History class in early January.  Approximately 50 WMS students will be invited to participate in the WMS Geo Bee which towards the end of January/early February 2023.  During the WMS Geo Bee, students will also have an opportunity to participate in a Science Bee and a History Bee.

Don’t forget to fill out the Google Form!

2022-23 WMS Battle of the Books

Did you participate in Battle of the Books in elementary school and wish there was a way to participate in middle school?  Well you’re in luck because on May 11, 2023, there will be a Middle School Battle of the Books Competition at ESU #3!

Send an email to Dr. Spady (spady.lynn @ westside66.net) if you’re interested in participating in Middle School BOTB!

2022-23 Middle School Battle of the Books Book List

  1. Barefoot Dreams – Petra Luna
  2. Before the Ever After – Jacqueline Woodson
  3. I Must Betray You – Ruta Sepetys
  4. Echo – Pam Munoz Ryan
  5. The Last Cuentista – Donna Barba Higuera
  6. Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story – Nora Baskin
  7. Lines of Courage – Jennifer A Nielsen
  8. Inside Out and Back Again – Thannha Lai
  9. Fall Out: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War – Steve Sheinkin
  10. Amari and the Night Brothers – BB Alston
  11. Flight of the Puffin – Ann Broden
  12. Beyond the Bright Sea – Lauren Wolk

Author Visit at WMS-April 7

“My stories are 6.8 parts fiction and 3.2 parts crazy stories from my life. I guess that’s what happens when I make bets with my stepson and end up in a BMX race . . . or I pretend to be a monkey in a treetop adventure with my daughters . . . or I get caught in a thunderstorm with my husband on a bike several miles from the nearest town. The list goes on . . .”

Quote from Angela Welch Prusia: https://www.angelawelchprusia.com/angela-welch-prusia/

Come meet Angela and learn about her journey as a writer of young adult novels.  She will have novels available for purchase ($10 each).  Check out the flier below!
If you are interested in attending this workshop, email Dr. Spady at spady.lynn at westside66.net

Flier:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rRoGQkJNHfgJ2bmPjAumQNyPpfq89yVD/view?usp=sharing

Engineering Seminar Friday, March 18: Grades 7-8

Come meet the Nebraska Engineering Ambassadors and see how they are redefining the conventional ideas surrounding science, technology, engineering, and math!

During this 1-hour seminar, participants will learn the ups and downs of roller coaster design and the physics and engineering behind roller coasters.
To attend this 1 hour seminar, send an email to Dr. Spady at spady.lynn at westside66.net to reserve your spot.
https://engineering.unl.edu/engineering-clubs/engineering-ambassadors-network/

#88: EWeek (Engineer’s Week)

Calling all FUTURE ENGINEERS…Every year we celebrate EWeek.

Learn about 5 different types of engineers and solve the types of problems they solve.   https://www.mathcounts.org/resources/engineers-week

Geomatics Engineering

Geomatics engineers collect data and then analyze and interpret it to find solutions  Geomatics engineering plays an important role in construction, transport, communication, mapping and research.

Click here for the problems:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1p3tkRCP3-rBDfzT8hB11_lsWcKmyjFwD/view?usp=sharing

Structural Engineering

Structural engineers design and analyze bridges, buildings and even things like concert stages. Environmental factors, what a structure will be used for and what type of weight will be put on it, and how this all might change from day to day before even beginning a design are all things that a structural engineer must consider.

Click here for the problems: https://www.mathcounts.org/resources/eweek-problem-day-tuesday

Systems & Mechanical Engineering

Systems engineers need to ensure individual sub-systems and components of a large project all work together to perform the overall desired function. Mechanical engineering mostly work in HVAC(heating, ventilation and air conditioning).

Click here for the problems: https://www.mathcounts.org/resources/eweek-problem-day-wednesday

Nuclear Engineering

What if you could harness the energy that is released by reactions within atoms?  That’s what nuclear engineering does!  The energy released by reactions within atoms can be used to generate electricity, power transportation systems, and diagnose and treat illnesses.

Click here for the problems:  https://www.mathcounts.org/resources/eweek-problem-day-thursday

Code Crush – 8th Grade Girls

CodeCrush is a series of iSTEM immersion experiences for 8th and 9th grade, female-identifying students, designed to show them the innovative world of Information Technology (IT). The program will inspire students to take a deeper look at IT through hands-on experiences with emerging IT fields such as bioinformatics, IT innovation, music technology and cybersecurity.

This experience is all free and will take place from April 21-23.  Part of the experience includes staying overnight on UNO’s campus.

For more information, check out: https://codecrush.unomaha.edu/

Email Dr. Spady at spady dot lynn @westside66.net if you’re interested.